Clint Capela
Clint Capela
26-Year-Old CenterC
Atlanta Hawks  NBA  
Atlanta Hawks
GTD
Injury Heel
Est. Return 8/15/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After signing a huge five-year, $90 million extension last offseason, Capela was highly productive in his first season as Houston's starter at center. He lived up to expectations by posting career highs in points (16.6), rebounds (12.7) and assists (1.4), adding 1.5 blocks in 33.6 minutes per game. He was one of the top shooters in the league from the floor, sporting a 64.8 field goal percentage, and Capela has shot at least 64.0 percent from the floor for three straight seasons. He also finished third in the league with 4.4 offensive rebounds per game, and his ability to crash the boards gives him a high fantasy floor. Capela took a lot of flak the last time he was on the floor, averaging 8.8 points and 10.0 rebounds on 53.5 percent shooting from the floor in the Rockets' loss the Warriors in the Western Conference Semifinals. He will look to redeem himself this season as he continues to elevate his play. Russell Westbrook is a skilled rebounder and scorer and may cut into Capela's production in those two categories, but there is virtually no competition for playing time at center, with Isaiah Hartenstein and the aging Tyson Chandler backing him up. Expect big minutes from Capela this season, with a strong likelihood of a double-double average for the third straight season, a high field-goal percentage, and a healthy amount of blocks. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $90 million contract with the Rockets in July of 2018. Traded to the Hawks in February of 2020.
Personal Bio

Capela was born in 1994 in Geneva, Switzerland. His parents are from Angola and Congo. He initially preferred soccer, but as a 6-foot-3 13-year-old, his brother suggested he switch to basketball. As a young teen, Capela met Swiss basketball icon Thabo Sefolosha and became fascinated with hoops. At age 15, Capela joined the Chalon-sur-SaA'ne training center, INSEP, in France. His work at the center, located just outside of Paris, led to Capela eventually playing in the professional French league, LNB Pro A, starting in 2012. Capela played two Pro A seasons before declaring for the 2014 NBA Draft.

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As a 16-year-old, Capela joined Elan Chalon in the French league LNB Pro A. He played sparingly in seven games and averaged 2.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 8.0 minutes per contest. He also played for the Swiss National Team in the FIBA EuroBasket 2015 qualification rounds. The team did not qualify for the tournament. In 2014, Capela was named Best Young Player and Most Improved Player in the French Pro A. The Swiss center provided 9.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in Pro A action and put up 11.2 points and 6.5 rebounds in the EuroCup. He played in the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit where he was praised for his combination of frame and athletic ability. Capela had five points and three rebounds in 14 minutes. He subsequently made himself available for the 2014 draft.

Feels confident in health of heel
CAtlanta Hawks
Heel
June 14, 2020
Capela said Friday that his injured right heel feels "way, way better" and indicated that he believes he has fully healed, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
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Capela noted that he won't know if he's 100 percent healthy until he goes through 5-on-5 work, which he won't be able to do in the immediate future after the Hawks weren't included among the 22 teams who will play in Orlando when the NBA season resumes in late July. In any event, Capela should head into the offseason at nearly full health or close to it, putting him on track to be ready to go for the Hawks' 2020-21 training camp. Though he never played a minute for Atlanta after being acquired from Houston in February while he was contending with plantar fasciitis, Capela can be penciled in as a starter in the frontcourt alongside John Collins.
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2019

Prior to the All-Star break, Capela appeared in 39 games for the Rockets. He averaged 13.9 points and a career-best 13.8 rebounds per game. Capela provided strong defensive numbers, as well, averaging 1.8 blocks and 0.8 steals per contest. The center also registered three 20-point, 20-rebound, two-block performances. On Feb. 5, Capela was part of a four-team trade that sent him from the Rockets to the Atlanta Hawks. Due to a plantar fascia injury, Capela did not suit up for the Hawks prior to the suspension of the 2019-20 NBA season on Mar. 11.

2018

Capela played well in 2018-19, the first season under his new contract. The fifth-year center averaged career highs in points (16.6), rebounds (12.7) and assists (1.4) per game while shooting 64.8 percent from the floor. That lofty field-goal percentage ranked second in the Association after he led the league in that category the year before. He also averaged 1.5 blocks per game, the second-highest mark of his career, with a season-high five rejections Dec. 17 against Utah. Capela appeared in 67 games and logged a career-high 33.6 minutes per contest. On Jan. 7, Capela scored a career-high 31 points, adding nine boards in a home win over Denver. One week later, he suffered a thumb injury that forced him to miss 15 games. The center ended the season with 45 double-doubles, five games with at least 20 rebounds, and three contests with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds. Capela recorded double-digit rebounds for 20 consecutive games from March 10 to April 20, a span that included three postseason contests. He started all 11 of Houston's playoff games, averaging 9.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per postseason contest.

2017

Capela posted new career highs in nearly every category in his fourth NBA season. The Rockets' starting center averaged 13.9 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks over 74 games while shooting 65.2 percent from the field. In fact, Capela's marksmanship from the field was tops in the NBA. Never was that more evident than Dec. 11 against the Pelicans, when he poured in a career-high 28 points on 13-of-14 shooting. The Swiss big man recorded an impressive 42 double-doubles on the season and had two 20-rebound performances. He scored 23 points and pulled down a career-high 25 boards in a win over the Nuggets on Feb. 9. That outburst began a season-high streak of five consecutive double-doubles. During that stretch, Capela averaged 18.2 points and 14.0 rebounds on 66.7 percent shooting. Capella's Rockets again posted a strong record, finishing the season at 65-17, defeating the T-Wolves and then the Jazz in the first two rounds of the playoffs. As he had in the regular season, Capela started every postseason game for Houston. Across 17 playoff contests, the 6-foot-10 center averaged 12.7 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks.

2016

The 2016-17 season was a breakout campaign for Capela, who became a regular in Houston's starting lineup and saw his stats skyrocket accordingly. He played in 65 games, making 59 starts, and averaged career highs with 12.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest while tying the previous season's mark with 1.2 blocks per game. On Nov. 19, Capela scored a career-high 20 points in a win over the Jazz. On Nov. 27, the young center bested that mark with 21 points in a road win over Portland, adding eight rebounds and five dimes. But Capela's season hit a speed bump when he was forced to leave a game Dec. 17 due to what was originally diagnosed as a bruised left leg but turned out to be a broken fibula. The injury ultimately cost Capela 15 games. However, he returned to his pre-injury form soon after returning. In his third game back, a Jan. 20 loss to Golden State, the young center scored 22 points and grabbed 12 boards. He ultimately eclipsed that scoring mark again with a season-high 24 points and 11 boards Mar. 4 against Memphis. For the season, Capella delivered 15 double-doubles and shot 64.3 percent from the field, which ranked third in the NBA. The Swiss center started all 11 postseason games for the Rockets, delivering 10.5 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per playoff contest. He posted three double-doubles in the playoffs, including a 20-point, 13-board effort in Game 1 of the second round against San Antonio.

2015

After spending his rookie regular season mostly in the D-League, Capela stepped into a far more substantial role for the Rockets in 2015-16. He played in 77 games for the Rockets, starting 35 of those and averaging 19.1 minutes per contest. On Nov. 6, Capela recorded his first career double-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots during a win at Sacramento. The young Swiss center ultimately delivered 10 double-doubles on the season. One of those came Nov. 19, when Capela scored a career-high 18 points alongside 11 rebounds during a road win over the Knicks. On Apr. 13, the big young center grabbed a career-best 17 rebounds and three blocks in a home win over the Kings. Capela notched eight games with three or more blocks, including blocking four shots on four occasions. Ultimately, his sophomore season in the Association saw Capela produce per-game averages of 7.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per contest. He appeared in all five games of the Rockets' playoff games, grabbing 12 rebounds in Game 1 of the series.

2014

Capela was picked in the first round (25th overall) by the Rockets in the 2014 NBA Draft. The Swiss native played professional ball in the French LNB Pro A league before joining the Rockets. He split his rookie season on the west side of the Atlantic Ocean between the Rockets and the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Capela appeared in 38 games with the Valley Vipers and 12 contests with the parent Rockets. He made his NBA debut on Nov. 6 with six minutes of run that led to three rebounds and one assist in a win over the Spurs. In the D-League, the rookie averaged 16.1 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks over 25 minutes per contest. On Feb. 25, Capella grabbed a D-League career-best 12 rebounds in a win over Maine. On Mar. 25, Capella scored a D-League career-high 35 points along with 15 rebounds and six blocks in a loss to the Legends. Capela blocked six shots in six separate D-League games. Back in Houston, Capela played in six of the Rockets' last nine games. He posted his best regular-season game Apr. 13 in a win over the Hornets, producing 10 points, five rebounds and a block. He then enjoyed a regular rotational role for the Rockets in their run to the Western Conference Finals, playing in all 17 of their postseason games. Capela averaged 3.4 points on 67.7 percent shooting in the playoffs, adding 2.5 rebounds and 0.5 blocks per game.

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Transaction History
  • June 26, 2014
    Drafted by the Houston Rockets in the 1st round (25th pick) of the 2014 NBA Draft.
  • July 25, 2014
    Signed a rookie multi-year contract with the Houston Rockets
  • July 27, 2018
    Signed a five-year contract with the Houston Rockets.
  • February 5, 2020
    Traded from the Houston Rockets to the Atlanta Hawks as part of a four-team trade; Hawks also receive Nene; Rockets receive Robert Covington, Jordan Bell, future second-round pick; Timberwolves receive Evan Turner, Jarred Vanderbilt, Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez, Nets' 2020 first-round pick; Nuggets receive Shabazz Napier, Keita Bates-Diop, Noah Vonleh, Gerald Green, and Houston's first-round pick
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After being in a positional timeshare for a few years in a row, Capela finally became the Rockets' full-time center in 2017-18, averaging 27.5 minutes per game. That uptick in workload allowed the 6-foot-10 big man to post career highs of 13.9 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks. He also finished with an outstanding 65.2 percent clip from the field, which along with his blocks per game (4th overall), landed him among the league leaders. Playing alongside elite ball-handlers and creators like James Harden and Chris Paul allowed Capela to thrive in the pick-and-rolls and gave him open look after open look. With those three really thriving and nearly taking down the defending champion Golden State Warriors, the Rockets opted to re-sign Capela this offseason as a restricted free agent, giving him a five-year, $90 million extension. That locks him in as the center of the future and guarantees he'll be seeing big minutes for the foreseeable future. Other than the addition of Carmelo Anthony, who's expected to come off the bench, there were no other additions that should impact the speed and flow of the offense, so Capela is going to continue to get plenty of easy buckets alongside Harden and Paul. While he doesn't have any semblance of a three-point shot and it's worth it to note that he shot just 56 percent from the free-throw line last season, Capela's combination of points, rebounds and blocks should bring him into consideration as a top-10 center and a top-50 selection overall in the majority of formats.
Capela didn't take as big of a step forward as most expected in his third season with the Rockets, which was only further dampened by a 15-game absence in the midde of the year because of a fractured left fibula. Still, when he was available, Capela took over as the full-time starter and posted career highs in points (12.6), rebounds (8.1), assists (1.0) and blocks (1.2). He still didn't get a ton of run overall at just 23.9 minutes per game, as the Rockets often gave extended run to veteran Nene Hilario and Montrezl Harrell at times depending on the matchup. While Harrell is gone, Hilario is back once again and could continue to eat up some of Capela's minutes off the bench. That being said, Capela is locked in as the team's starting center and should benefit once again from the playmaking ability of James Harden. The Rockets also traded for another elite passer in Chris Paul this offseason, which should add even more open looks for Capela, especially as a key pick-and-roll option. Now that he's a full offseason away from his fractured fibula and Harrell is no longer on the team, Capela could be in line for a larger workload. With more open looks and the potential for added playing time, Capela could once again see his numbers slowly rise across the board.
After appearing in only 12 games as a rookie, the Capela had a minor breakout in Year 2, emerging as one of the more intriguing young big men in the Western Conference. In 19.1 minutes per game, the Swiss big man averaged 7.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks while shooting 58.2 percent from the field. Capela worked as a starter for half of the season before then-coach J.B. Bickerstaff scrapped the idea of playing Capela and Dwight Howard together. With Howard now in Atlanta, the center position is Capela’s for the taking. That should entail a fairly significant minutes increase, especially considering the options behind him -- aging veteran Nene Hilario and rookie Chinanu Onuaku. Capela will be asked to do the dirty work for what will be a fast-paced Houston offense, but he’ll also work as James Harden’s pick-and-roll partner. Last season, nearly 80 percent of Capela’s field-goal attempts came from within three feet, a trend that’s likely to continue as the Rockets try to develop him into their version of an in-his-prime Tyson Chandler.
Even though he spent the vast majority of his season playing for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the D-League last season, Capela did see some NBA action late in the season. In his rookie season, he averaged 2.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.2 assits, 0.1 steals, and 0.8 blocks in eight minutes per game through 12 contests. The Swiss big man shot 48 percent from the field in his brief time with the Rockets and was thrown into action because of all the injuries the Rockets' big men faced this year. While he was a star over in Europe, Capela is still working on translating his game to the NBA, and a knee injury keeping him out of summer league this offseason doesn't help his development. Capela is a very raw offensive player with the abilty to use his size and strength to grab a lot of rebounds and block shots. With only Donatas Motiejunas and Dwight Howard ahead of him on the depth chart, it is possible that, as long as he remains healthy, he gets some minutes this season considering that both Howard and Motiejunas are coming off of their own respective injuries from last year.
At 6-11, 211 pounds, Capela, the Rockets' first-round pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, is an extremely athletic big man who can run the floor and who also has a chance of becoming a defensive force with elite shot blocking potential. Capela is a native of Switzerland and has been playing in France for the past three years with Elan Chalon of the LNB Pro A League. After the 2014 season in France, Capela was named the French League Rising Star, along with being recognized as the French League Most Improved Player. Capela has a long road ahead of him if he's trying to get playing time with the Rockets in the next few seasons. He'll probably come in entrenched near the bottom of the power forward depth chart as a developmental project. With the Rockets expected to make another playoff run this season, it's tough to see Capela getting many minutes as a rookie, and he'll have to show an extremely improved game to get a larger share of playing time. It's always questionable how well international players will adapt to the NBA game.
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Could take part in 'excluded eight'
CAtlanta Hawks
Heel
June 9, 2020
Atlanta general manager Travis Schlenk said Tuesday that Capela (heel) could be available to play in a potential summer competition between the Hawks and the other seven teams who won't be included when the NBA resumes its season in Orlando in late July, Mike Conti of the Atlanta Hawks Radio Network reports.
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Could play if season resumes
CAtlanta Hawks
Heel
May 27, 2020
Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said Capela (heel) might be able to play when the NBA season resumes, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. "Clint says he's feeling better, and there's a possibility that we can get him back on the court," Schlenk said. "Practicing and playing five games would be valuable to us."
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Not yet fully healthy
CAtlanta Hawks
Heel
April 20, 2020
Capela relayed Sunday that he's "feeling pretty good" as he continues to rehab from plantar fasciitis and a bone bruise in his right heel, though he admitted he's not fully healthy yet, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports. "I'm going to keep doing what the medical staff is saying," Capela said. "I'm not 100 percent yet. It's getting better, so I'm optimistic about it."
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Progressing well from injury
CAtlanta Hawks
Heel
March 31, 2020
Capela (heel) had progressed to participating in half-court workouts before the NBA suspended its season March 11, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Out another two weeks
CAtlanta Hawks
Heel
March 4, 2020
Capela (heel) will be re-evaluated in two weeks, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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